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Erin Vrana wins 1st place in Health and Life Science Division of The 2017 Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Erin Vrana 25 May 2017 - Vrana, a senior at Penn State majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and also French, took home 1st place in the Health and Life Science Division of the Undergraduate Research Exhibition.  Her research detailed the “Characterization of the role of UIS12 in Plasmodium Yoelii male gametocyte activation”.

The event, which was held on April 5th in the first floor lounges of the HUB and Heritage Hall, communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in research and creative endeavors. Students from all Penn State campuses are eligible to enter research posters in the Undergraduate Exhibition. In conjunction with the Exhibition, a special performing arts showcase features creative accomplishments of students. All sessions of the Undergraduate Exhibition are open to the public and students each year are encouraged to participate.

Erin works is an Undergraduate in The Lindner Laboratory at Penn State.    The Linder Laboratory couples molecular parasitology and structural biology to understand the malaria parasite (Plasmodium spp.), in order to identify and exploit weaknesses in the parasite’s development and transmission.